The Commissioner of Police in Lagos state, CP Edgal Imohimi, stated on Tuesday that the command is aware that “some unscrupulous individuals impersonate as SARS operatives.”
This is just as the #ENDSARS campaign comtinues to trend with many Nigerians calling for the scrapping of the squad over the excesses and atrocities being committed by some of its members.
In a statement on Tuesday signed by the command’s spokesman, CSP Chike Oti, the police explained the dress code for SARS operatives and how to identify a genuine operative.
The dress code is as follows:
1. A black jacket and a fez cap.
2. In the front of the jacket, the word police is written in white at the top right part.
3. At the bottom left part of the jacket, F-SARS 039 is written there.
4. At the back of the jacket are inscriptions “F-SARS LAGOS,” “SCORPION” and a red image of a scorpion.
5. On the fez cap are inscriptions “F-SARS” and “SCORPION.”
The CP also announced the ban of police operatives in the state from operating in mufti and commercial vehicles such as the yellow buses popularly known as Danfo or other commercial buses.
The police said “unmarked vehicles will only be used occasionally for covert operations targeted at a specific individual or group based on credible intelligence.”
According to the statement, “the CP had, on assumption of office, set up a Citizen Complaint Hot Centre (CCHC) with the following telephone lines solely dedicated for lodging complaints against wrong actions of policemen. They are:
Members of the public are enjoined to always make their complaints against erring policemen including those who violate the patrol guidelines and the dress code by calling any of the lines above. The Command can also be reached on the social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) via @policenglagos.
It will be recalled that the Command as part of its disciplinary measures, recently dismissed eight policemen for various offences against discipline.